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{{Project
|Countryname= Samoa
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|project=Professional Peer Support
|CountryCode = ws
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|projecttype=Other
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
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|Category=Education
|Flag= Flag_of_Samoa.svg
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|site=People's Republic of China
|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/wswb491.pdf
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|country=The_Peoples_Republic_of_China
|Region= [[Pacific Islands]]
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|lastname=pcchinapps(at)gmail.com
|CountryDirector= [[Dale Withington]]
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|projectyear=2010
|Sectors= [[Education and Information and Communication Technology]] <br> [[Village-Based Development]] <br>
 
|ProgramDates= [[1967]] - [[Present]]
 
|CurrentlyServing= 51
 
|TotalVolunteers= 1,678
 
|Languages= [[Samoan]], [[English]]
 
|Map= Ws-map.gif
 
|stagingdate= Oct 6 2009
 
|stagingcity= Los Angeles
 
 
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Professional Peer Support (PPS) … for those times when teaching gets tough…
  
Since 1967, over 1,600 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Samoa, working in both
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PPS is professional support within the PCV community. We are volunteers talking about work, sharing lessons, and supporting each other in a very demanding professional environment. We work to ensure new teachers can receive guidance without risk, to connect teachers with content, and to foster sustainable innovation within PC China and the schools we serve.
urban and rural communities. Approximately 70% of the Volunteers have been teachers.
 
The remaining 30% have worked in agriculture, health, public works, youth
 
development, and the environment. More recently, Peace Corps' strategy has focused on
 
capacity building efforts in information and communications technology; teacher
 
training; and village-based assignments in agriculture, community development, and the
 
environment.
 
  
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'''Who We Are'''
  
==Peace Corps History==
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PPS is completely volunteer run. We are teachers who want the best for our students, who work together to make sure each China volunteer is provided the best professional development possible throughout their service.
  
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There are three types of teachers in PPS:
  
== ''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Samoa]]''
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'''''Mentors'''''
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First year teachers will be assigned a Volunteer Mentor who will be their first contact for specific classroom questions. Mentors will be responsible for fielding questions about pedagogy and general curriculum. They will also contact their first-years once a month, by email or phone depending on the needs of the pair, to make sure that first-years are connected to the resources available and to check on their morale. These conversations are also a chance for mentors to collect successful innovations to add to the [[curriculum database]] or share with the general PCV community. In addition, Mentors will observe their first-years as needed to allow PCVs to try something new with a trained observer available to discuss, find solutions to a problem the PCV has identified in their classroom, or simply provide general feedback based in significant experience with Western pedagogy.
  
In 1967, after experiencing a difficult year and a devastating cyclone, Samoa invited the Peace Corps. The first Volunteers worked in rural villages, leading health and hygiene projects for Samoa's Department of Health. These early Volunteers remain well-known for the introduction of water seal toilets, now affectionately called fale Pisikoa (Peace Corps houses).
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'''''Subject Area Resource Teachers'''''
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Teachers with significant experience and/or education in particular subject areas will be asked to be resource teachers for the PC China community.  If a first-year has a curriculum question that an advisor cannot answer, than the advisor will forward it to the appropriate resource teacher. RTs can also develop curriculum (as RTs are willing and curriculum is needed), maintain Google Bookshelves dedicated to their subject, and review the IACD for accuracy in their area of study. Finally, the RTs will work with PC staff to ensure the IRC contains the best and most useful publications in their area.  
  
The next groups to follow were civil engineers, architects, accountants, statisticians, and economic planners who served in various central government departments. One early Volunteer was the architect and construction supervisor for the present Parliament building at Mulinu’u and the supporting offices of the Legislative Assembly.
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'''''First Years'''''
 
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First-years are teachers with little to no classroom/TEFL experience who might want advice about or help with their teaching. No mater where you teach, your first year is difficult. We encourage all first year teachers in PC China to sign up for a mentor.
Volunteers also had a significant impact on infrastructure development, such as the Faleolo International Airport terminal and school buildings. Some took up prominent, executive positions in various government departments, such as acting directors of Public Works.
 
 
 
In health care, Volunteers have served as researchers in filariasis control (filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by a blood nematode), and they have worked at the National Hospital as nutrition educators and dietitians. Other Volunteers have worked as small business advisors and as youth development workers. ==
 
 
 
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Samoa]]''
 
 
 
All Volunteers are provided with adequate and safe housing. As part of their contribution to having a Volunteer, host country agencies and/or communities must provide adequate housing.
 
 
 
Capacity-building Volunteers live in houses provided by the Samoan government or a local nongovernmental organization (NGO). Most Volunteers in Apia share a house with another Volunteer or, in some cases, a Samoan counterpart. All houses in and around Apia have electricity and running water. All houses in the urban area have indoor toilets and showers.
 
 
 
Volunteers working in the village-based development project, either live in a room with a Samoan family or in a small house on a family compound. Volunteers in this project need to be prepared to live with or very close to a family for their entire two years of service. This is a requirement of working in the project. Most (but not all) villages have electricity. Most (but not all) villages have running water within the family compound, but not necessarily inside of the house.
 
 
 
 
 
==Training==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Training in Samoa]]''
 
 
 
Pre-service training will provide you with the essential skills needed to successfully complete your Peace Corps service. The skills focus around integrating into your community and developing and implementing an appropriate work plan with your community and counterparts. Training includes six major components: technical training (covering life and work) and the role of the Volunteer in development, language training, cross-cultural training, health training, safety and security training, and diversity training.
 
 
 
A community-based training model is the backbone of pre-service training for all new Volunteers in Samoa. This means that living and learning successfully in a local host community is an integral part of our training program. This is a more difficult training model in some respects, as the learning environment is real. During community-based training, most of your time will be spent in villages and communities similar to where you will be placed as a Volunteer. Your instructors will set up the learning environment with experiences and meetings designed to allow you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for your work as a Volunteer. Throughout your training, you will live with a Samoan family and work in villages and schools. Married couples will be housed together during training.
 
 
 
 
 
==Health Care and Safety==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Samoa]]''
 
 
 
The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Samoa maintains a clinic with a full-time and a backup medical officer, who together take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Samoa at two local hospitals (one private, one public).
 
 
 
During your service, if you become seriously ill or in-country medical services cannot provide further medical treatment that you may urgently require, the medical officer in Samoa will consult with the Office of Medical Services in Washington, D.C. If it is determined that your condition cannot be treated in Samoa, you may be sent out of the country for further evaluation and care.
 
 
 
 
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Samoa]]''
 
 
 
In Samoa, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed here.
 
 
 
Outside of Samoa’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is viewed as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Samoa are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present. To ease the transition and adapt to life in Samoa, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions will need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limits. Although Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during your pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, the challenge will ultimately be your own.
 
 
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
 
* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
 
 
 
 
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Samoa]]''
 
 
 
* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Samoa?
 
* What is the electric current in Samoa?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
 
* What should I bring as gifts for Samoan friends and my host family?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
 
* Can I call home from Samoa?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
 
 
 
 
 
==Packing List==
 
 
 
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|H1r=  63
 
|H1s=  63.6
 
|H2r=  58
 
|H2s=  78.3
 
|H3r=  62
 
|H3s=  75.3
 
|H4r=  63
 
|H4s=  97
 
|H5r=  53
 
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Samoa]]''
 
 
 
There are some suggestions for packing, generated by Volunteers serving in Samoa. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have items sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. As mentioned earlier, Volunteers who choose to go with the airline allowances over the Peace Corps allowances do so at their own risk and potential expense. Remember, less is often more, and you can get almost everything you need in Samoa. Use this list as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list!
 
 
 
Keep in mind also that what you bring probably will not make it back to the U.S., so don’t bring anything you would be heartbroken to lose.
 
 
 
* General Clothing
 
* For Women
 
* For Men
 
* Kitchen
 
* Electronics
 
* Miscellaneous
 
* Special Notes
 
* Care Package Considerations
 
 
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
 
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
 
 
 
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==Country Fund==
 
 
 
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=491-CFD Samoa Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Samoa. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
 
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[List of resources for Samoa]]
 
* [[Volunteers who served in Samoa]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Samoa]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
 
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/ws.html Peace Corps Journals - Samoa]
 
 
 
[[Category:Samoa]] [[Category:The Pacific Islands]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 

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Professional Peer Support (PPS) … for those times when teaching gets tough…

PPS is professional support within the PCV community. We are volunteers talking about work, sharing lessons, and supporting each other in a very demanding professional environment. We work to ensure new teachers can receive guidance without risk, to connect teachers with content, and to foster sustainable innovation within PC China and the schools we serve.

Who We Are

PPS is completely volunteer run. We are teachers who want the best for our students, who work together to make sure each China volunteer is provided the best professional development possible throughout their service.

There are three types of teachers in PPS:

Mentors First year teachers will be assigned a Volunteer Mentor who will be their first contact for specific classroom questions. Mentors will be responsible for fielding questions about pedagogy and general curriculum. They will also contact their first-years once a month, by email or phone depending on the needs of the pair, to make sure that first-years are connected to the resources available and to check on their morale. These conversations are also a chance for mentors to collect successful innovations to add to the curriculum database or share with the general PCV community. In addition, Mentors will observe their first-years as needed to allow PCVs to try something new with a trained observer available to discuss, find solutions to a problem the PCV has identified in their classroom, or simply provide general feedback based in significant experience with Western pedagogy.

Subject Area Resource Teachers Teachers with significant experience and/or education in particular subject areas will be asked to be resource teachers for the PC China community. If a first-year has a curriculum question that an advisor cannot answer, than the advisor will forward it to the appropriate resource teacher. RTs can also develop curriculum (as RTs are willing and curriculum is needed), maintain Google Bookshelves dedicated to their subject, and review the IACD for accuracy in their area of study. Finally, the RTs will work with PC staff to ensure the IRC contains the best and most useful publications in their area.

First Years First-years are teachers with little to no classroom/TEFL experience who might want advice about or help with their teaching. No mater where you teach, your first year is difficult. We encourage all first year teachers in PC China to sign up for a mentor.